Taiwan CDC urges vaccination, good hygiene habits to combat influenza

The Taiwan CDC is urging citizens to get vaccinated against influenza, in addition to seeking medical attention immediately if symptoms appear.
The Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is urging the citizens of Taiwan to get vaccinated against influenza, in addition to seeking medical attention immediately if symptoms appear.

Because the temperature is dropping, the government expects an uptick in flu cases. Physicians and doctors are also urged to prepare for an influx of patients with symptoms, as well as to make sure doctors are encouraging patients to get the vaccine.

There have been a lot of cases reported over the past week in Taiwan, which saw 18 new cases of severe influenza, resulting in four deaths. As of Jan. 11, there have been 196 cases of extreme influenza reported, as well as 24 deaths.

Emergency rooms have reported approximately 10 percent of cases over the past week. The number of those seeking medical attention for influenza was about 37,175 -- 21.5 percent of which tested positive.

The CDC is also urging citizens to take preventative measures against the illness, such as practicing good hygiene, which includes washing hands and wearing a mask while coughing.

If any symptoms occur -- such as shortness of breath, mucus, chest pain or fever -- medical attention should be sought immediately.

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